If the top inch is dry, its time to water again. This is a lot of info but if you do each of these things, they will definitely help your FLF! If so, other options could be to propagate a stem, which you can then grow singularly in a pot to form a more tree-like shape. Click to read exactly how to do each one! Or will the trunk begin to form as it grows and then I can begin pruning smaller leaves off the lower portions, as you described? Only use a soft, damp or dry cloth to dust the leaves. It’s taken on a weird shape after I had to trim a few dying leaves and it also has a small trunk with no leaves on it (3 trunks total with possibly another one growing). Thank you! Thank you! Another method I use to promote branching and fruit spur development is notching. It's a banyan fig, which means that it begins its life high in the branches of another tree, then sends its roots down to the ground where it slowly strangles the host tree to death. Can I use those to propagate a new plant? Fiddle Leaf Fig Branching. There are measures you can take if your plant is indoors (here’s a few ways to increase humidity), but outdoors is a different story. I’ve been trying to get a full spectrum grow light but they seem to be sold out everywhere I try or they wont be delivered for weeks. Hey, I am experiencing my first winter with my fig tree. thank you for the helpful info! Hey Nicole! I’m SO SCARED to repot, since I’ve killed other plants by doing so and all the leaves fell off, even though I used terra cotta pots with cactus/succulent soil mixed with perlite. Just water little by little or wait until it fully dries out and then water fully? I live in scotland and the sun has been behind clouds for weeks now. You could either prune the two trunks part-way down, so that the trunks will grow further branches and become the bushy, tree-like shape themselves. Hey Shianne, thanks for your feedback! A good tip may be that if your Compacta is already putting out new growth, it will likely respond well to pinching or pruning. http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch But a sudden cold snap or temperatures close to freezing can result in shock and leaf loss for our lush, tropical friends. The name comes from the thick violin-shaped leaves that grow off the plant’s woody stems. If you’re able to keep it in the house with as much light as possible, I think that would be the best way to make sure it makes it through winter! It keeps sending out leaves from the top seems to be growing well. Hi, HI! Final tip - don’t strip leaves off the trunk until your fiddle leaf has established it’s new branches. Hey Nathan, that’s what I originally thought too! If your FLF has 5 trunks coming out of the soil, I wouldn’t suggest pruning them all off to leave a single, tree-shaped trunk as the plant will most likely suffer from the change. and do I cut off the branches with no leaves? Hell!! You can always prune it if it gets too tall. You can also get 15% off with the code dossier2021 thanks to Soltech. Can I just cut them at the base? Jerald. I initially brought it inside the house for a month in fall, and the leaves slightly began to turn brown at the edges. I would say that if you don’t want to risk disturbing the roots of the tiny ones, you could instead cut them at ground level and propagate them in water. Mar 15, 2020 - If you want your Fiddle Leaf Fig to branch, try these three simple methods - pruning, notching and pinching. Ideas on that? I’ve got an amazing mature FLF tree, but I wondered as it only has leaves on the top third (it’s about 5ft tall)if I notch on a lower part of the trunk will it encourage lower leaves/new stems, or does it not work like that? It’s not very common, but I have seen FLFs where the trunk has been braided as it grows. 🙂. The pot should never fully dry out, and when the top couple of inches feels dry, you know its time to water again. It did grow 2 new leaves very quickly before this began to happen as well. A bushy FLF generally occurs when there’s multiple trunks in the one pot – some FLFs are sold like this while others are sold as single trunks. Hello, this is all so fascinating! Such as being near a draft or heater. Can I set the plants out in the morning to get the good outdoor light they are used to and then bring them in at night to protect them from the cold? A specially-formulated one will also help the leaves grow closer together and the trunk to thicken. My tree also needs repotted, can I do it all at the same time? I sometimes give newly-forming leaves a mist to stop them from ripping, and that’s about it. Hoping it recovers for you! Can you please show me exactly what notching looks like. I have a FLD plant and would really like to encourage it to grow into a tree and I’m well aware that it will take time 🙂 Thanks nonetheless for this post! If you can, putting your FLF outdoors will help the trunk. Just gotta have patience for these ones to grow. To notch a fiddle leaf fig, use a knife (clean, obvs) to cut just under half way around a branch. Hey Ana, if the branches themselves appear to have died, you can prune back the branches to a spot where the inside is white/green and there’s sap. Be sure to remember to dust your Fiddle Leaf Fig. thank you, Hey Sharlee, FLFs can be pretty resilient so I’m sure it will recover! So unless you’re planning on quitting your day job to become a full-time plant mister, it’s really not worth it! 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